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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Nelson Narrator: Richard McGonagle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A richly detailed and dramatic account of one of the greatest achievements of humankind.

At 9:32 A.M. on July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 rocket launched in the presence of more than a million spectators who had gathered to witness a truly historic event. It carried Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Mike Collins to the last frontier of human imagination: the moon.

Rocket Men is the thrilling story of the moon mission, and it restores the mystery and majesty to an event that may have become too familiar for most people to realize what a stunning achievement it represented in planning, technology, and execution.

Through interviews, 23,000 pages of NASA oral histories, and declassified CIA documents on the space race, Craig Nelson re-creates a vivid and detailed account of the Apollo 11 mission. From the quotidian to the scientific to the magical, readers are taken right into the cockpit with Aldrin and Armstrong and behind the scenes at Mission Control.

Rocket Men is the story of a twentieth-century pilgrimage, a voyage into the unknown motivated by politics, faith, science, and wonder that changed the course of history.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/16/2014

    " Oh, heck. I love space travel. This book is for the Apollo junkie. Thus: I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brad | 2/9/2014

    " I thought this was going to be a book about Elton John's lovers but instead turned out to be an exciting and informative history of Apollo 11 and the space race in general. I wasn't crazy about the 3 part structure of this book, specifically how the middle section was sequenced, but I still thought the book as a whole was fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bill | 2/6/2014

    " A good overview of the Apollo program. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Paul Clarkson | 1/22/2014

    " An excellent behind the scenes look at the space race up to Apollo 11. The author details the determination of the scientists, engineers and astronauts who made this happen, telling their stories. Looking at the failures as well as successes, this book shows that it wasn't all glamour.[return][return]Well worth a read. I read this just after the closing of the Space Shuttle programme...I think the world needs more characters like these. "

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